SCALE app launched for skill development in leather sector

SCALE App: Minister of Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan recently launched the SCALE (Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees) app.

  • It was launched during his visit to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) on September 20, 2022.

Key Points:

  • The application has been developed by the Leather Skill Sector Council (LSSC).
  • This app provides a one-stop service for skilling, learning, assessment and job opportunities for the leather industry.
  • It provides online live streaming classes from a studio at the LSSC’s office.
  • Anyone with an interest in leather crafts can enroll in these classes.

About LSSC:

  • The Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) is a non-profit organization set up in 2012.
  • It was established to help the leather sector of India meet the demands for qualified workers.
  • Its responsibility is to create skilled ecosystem in India’s leather industry through capacity building measures.
  • Its goals include creating a skilled labour force for the leather and leather goods sector as well as ensuring the availability of qualified workers at all industrial segments and organizational levels.
  • Currently, it is acknowledged as one of the significant industry skills councils by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

India’s leather sector:

  • In India, the leather industry is predicted to add 2.39 million new jobs between 2017 and 2022.

This includes -

  • 0.88 million full-time workers,
  • 0.77 million employed in small businesses and
  • 0.74 million self-employed or daily wage workers like cobblers.
  • This sector has one of the youngest and most productive workforce comprising labourers  below the age of 55.
  • India’s leather sector produces about 3 billion square feet of leather every year.
  • About 13% of leather hides and skins are produced in the country.
  • India is currently the world's second-largest footwear production and consumer.
  • 9% of all footwear produced in the world is from India.